Perez and Bianchi to go head to head in Ferrari test

2011 F1 season

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Valencia, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Valencia, 2011

Sergio Perez will drive Ferrari’s 2009 F1 car in a test in September.

Perez will best tested alongside fellow Ferrari Development Academy member Jules Bianchi, the team confirmed.

Bianchi is driving his second season in GP2. He scored his first win in the category last weekend, and is now seventh in the drivers’ championship.

He has previously driven for Ferrari in the young drivers’ tests.

FDA director Luca Baldisseri said: “We will be back on track in September, at Mugello or Fiorano.

“It will be a very interesting test, because we will be putting Jules Bianchi and Sergio Perez up against one another.

“I think they will both be very motivated and for us it will be the perfect opportunity to assess both drivers.”

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104 comments on Perez and Bianchi to go head to head in Ferrari test

  1. Faraz (@faraz) said on 13th July 2011, 15:52

    Why Perez??
    Surely Kobayashi deserves a go in a Ferrari. He’s quick and and has driven some brilliant races this year. And nearly got on the podium in Monaco and Montreal. I say give Kamui a test.

  2. Oliver said on 13th July 2011, 16:13

    They only had to say, Alg +2.00 on his board.

  3. maxthecat said on 13th July 2011, 17:21

    If any of these drivers want to win the world title why would they drive for Ferrari? We already know Alonso is there till 2016 and is No1 driver, that won’t change unless Ferrari want Alonso throwing his toys out of the pram as he did at McLaren.

    The No2 seat is only good for someone learning their craft, not for someone who wants to be World Champion, Perez should steer clear for the next few years at least.

    • Massa’s under contract so Perez is unlikely to get the seat for at leats a year anyway even if he is in the running. Ferrari have a policy of letting their drivers race and if one establishes a big elad then they back that driver so unless Perez isn’t quick enough he’d be daft to turn Ferrari down I feel.

      • Hairpin (@hairpin) said on 13th July 2011, 23:41

        ‘Ferrari have a policy of letting their drivers race and if one establishes a big elad then they back that driver’.
        Steph which planet have you been living on for the last 15+ years.

  4. f1aroo said on 13th July 2011, 17:26

    Since Ferrari just last week officially took Marlboro out of its name, I would guess that the sponsor money would be diminished. Could it be that Ferrari see Carlos Slim as a new benefactor. I don’t know what he’s paying Sauber for Perez’s seat, but you could only figure that it would cost him a lot more to get Perez a drive at Ferrari.

  5. sumedh said on 13th July 2011, 19:53

    Knowing Ferrari and their disregard for rules, I am sure they are going to test new parts on the car. Surely they can’t use the 2010 car as that was based on the double diffuser and had no KERS. Thus, the 2009 care is closer to the 2011 regulations. Plus, they get to evaluate potential replacements for Massa and find out how much Bianchi is falling behind other rookies as he is not getting any F1 experience

    You gotta hand it to Ferrari though. No other team can think of such out-of-the-box solutions and kill two birds with one stone. Agreed that they are flirting with the rules, but they aren’t breaking them. That is what makes Ferrari so different than other teams.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 13th July 2011, 20:48

      Knowing Ferrari and their disregard for rules, I am sure they are going to test new parts on the car. Surely they can’t use the 2010 car as that was based on the double diffuser and had no KERS. Thus, the 2009 care is closer to the 2011 regulations.

      Nevertheless, the F60 and the F150-degrees Italia are two very different cars. You cannot simply stick new parts onto one car and expect the same results as on another car.

  6. F1 98 said on 13th July 2011, 23:44

    Good luck perez

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th July 2011, 2:43

    I thought Kobayashi will be the man for Ferrari now seems like they are eyeing for Perez? He is good & talented just like Kobayashi & won’t be a bad sweep for Massa in 2012 or 2013.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 14th July 2011, 6:10

      If he shows consistently strong qualifying pace(which is his weak point I think) and no trouble in race. Aggressive driving style is good and I like it but no need to break front wing.

  8. tere said on 14th July 2011, 3:26

    i don’t think perez is a really good driver. every time he scores is because he makes 1-2 pits stops less than everybody else. i would like to see him doing the same # of pits stops as the other drivers.

  9. Britalia said on 14th July 2011, 12:07

    I have a slight feeling that Kamui may want to move up with a leading team next year. I mean Kamui is one hell of a driver and with the right car, I think we may see the first Japanese race winner so I think Sauber will need to step up their game to keep Kamui. If they can’t, I would love to see Jules and Sergio in at Sauber next year.

  10. dirtyharry1990 said on 14th July 2011, 17:48

    looks like perez will take the same path as massa to ferrari from sauber

  11. F1 98 said on 17th July 2011, 8:52

    What about kamui ferrari come on

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